Leucostoma anthracinum

Leucostoma are little black tachinids with very large white calyptrae – usually found in southern Europe this is a very rare genus in the UK. Leucostoma anthracinum is fairly easy to identify though from the other UK species because tergites 4-5 are dusted.

Key to the genus Leucostoma

Small dark flies with large, white calyptrae.

1. Abdomen black, shining and undusted ……….. simplex Fall.

– Abdomen dark brown with segments 4 & 5 dusted ………………… anthracinum Meig.

This species was discovered by Steve Falk and was confirmed when the specimen was shown to us in 2010.

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